Zebulon – Janette Baker Hopkins passed away on January 9 at the age of 91. Born on April 5, 1931 in Franklin County to the late Aubrey and Florence Harris Baker, Janette spent most of her life in the Hopkins Crossroads community and was a longtime member of Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church. Her nieces and nephews knew her affectionately as Aunt Net and will remember her enjoyment of fishing, golf, and cards, her frequent visits, and her support of them and their families. Janette’s friend circle was exceptionally large, including a wide variety of women that she met golfing, attending church, and playing cards multiple times each week. Her friends sustained and nurtured her throughout her life. She enjoyed her life thoroughly and took advantage of each day.
Janette is preceded in death by her parents, husband Baxter Hopkins, son Gary B. Hopkins, sister Sue B. Hopkins, and brother Donald H. Baker.
She is survived by nieces Joan Hopkins Salinas (Bobby) of Selma, Allison Hopkins Creech (Brent) of Zebulon, Donna Baker of Youngsville, nephew Aubrey Baker of Knightdale, great-nephew Griffin Creech (Stephanie) of Philadelphia, great-niece Julianne Davis and great-great nephew Barry Davis of Palm Harbor, Florida, and friends, companions, and caregivers Gail and Carol Finch of Zebulon.
Janette’s family extends a heartfelt thanks to Carol and Gail Finch for the joy and satisfaction that they brought to Janette’s life. The family also wishes to thank SECU Hospice House in Smithfield.
Funeral Service will be held 2:00pm, Thursday, January 12, 2023, at Hopkins Chapel Baptist Church with Visitation from 12:30pm – 1:45pm, prior to the service. Interment in the church cemetery, immediately following the service.
Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to SECU Hospice House of Johnston Health.
Arrangements are entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, 211 W. Third St., Wendell, NC 27591. www.stricklandfuneral.com
Aunt Net was a wonderful person. She was so much fun to be around with her colorful, determined and spunky personality.
She always made us great pies when we did something for her. Wow they were delicious! I will never forget the carrot cake she made me, even though she said “cakes are not my specialty”. I also think back to the time she delivered food to us during our football game day party, what an absolute hoot. Working in the vegetable garden, starting the tractor, falling in the pond and even breaking her out of the hospital …… such great memories.
Rest in peace Aunt Net. “The boys” all miss you and will always remember you fondly.